Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 9 May 1980 and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel depicting "Alexandre Lenoir" in 1971 and its subsequent sale on 9 May 1980. Furthermore delivered with a short biography of Alexandre Lenoir featured on the reference 866/10, typed on Patek Philippe letterhead.
The enamel of the present watch is signed by Mrs. Suzanne Rohr, one of the last artists able to perpetuate the supremely exacting art of miniature painting on enamel. Mrs. Rohr, who celebrated 35 years of collaboration with Patek Philippe in 2002, reserves her talent for the company. Since the 1960s, when Patek Philippe re-launched the production of watches with enamel miniatures, Mrs. Rohr has been entrusted with the creation of only three pocket watches a year. In her hands, the secret alchemy of the coloured enamels offers a second life, of unequalled depth and finesse, to some of the world's greatest art treasures.
These rare Patek Philippe timepieces are, in general, made to special order with the subject matter to be represented chosen by the client. They often include famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the future owner.
The enamel detail on the present watch is after Jacques-Louis David's (1748-1825, French Neoclassical Painter) "Portrait of Alexandre Lenoir", 1817, Musée du Louvre.
Alexandre Lenoir (1761-1839), French archeologist, was the founder and curator of the Musée des Antiquités et Monuments Français, which contained a large group of sculpture and funerary monuments he had rescued from the insurgents during the French Revolution.